Gulliver’s Swim-A-Thon raises $55K for Miami Project, school

Pictured (l-r) are Woody Beckham, a Gulliver alumnus confined to a wheelchair after a tragic rugby accident; Connor Kuci, student chair for the third annual Swim-A-Thon, and Mark Buoniconti, president of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.

More than 200 swimmers of all ages, including ages 5 and up, raised more than $55,000 at Gulliver’s third annual “Make a Splash” Swim-A-Thon at the Preparatory Campus Aquatic Center in Pinecrest.

Proceeds raised from the recent Swim- A-Thon will support the school’s Annual Fund, benefiting the Gulliver Booster Club and the Performing and Visual Arts departments. A special gift will be made to KiDZ Neuroscience Center at the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.

Connor Kuci, a senior, was once again the student chair for the third annual Swim-A-Thon.

“I have been involved with the inception of this event since my sophomore year and watched its tremendous growth,” Kuci said. “The support and enthusiasm that students and parents alike share for the Swim- A-Thon is amazing and I couldn’t be more proud of what we’ve accomplished.”

Many participants, including Gulliver swim and water polo teams, students, parents, faculty and alumni joined in the event. More than 200 families working and attending the event cheered the students on as they each earned money by swimming a maximum of 72 laps — a mile.

The top fundraisers were Awwal, Hayaat and Kamal Kay-Ramos, who raised $6,795. Among the other top fundraisers were Shannon Signorello, Connor Kuci, Giovanni Romeo, Kiara Kamlani, Ricky Hermida, Mekayla Frazier, the Buttrick boys, Niles and Emily Miller, and Lucie and Ryan Gibeau.

Sponsors for the Swim-A-Thon were: Backstroke Sponsor — Florida East Coast Industries; Breaststroke Sponsor — The Lopez Family;

Butterfly Sponsors — Amazon Beverages, Children’s Skin Center, Coconut Grove Bank, Cool de Sac, Jennifer Leesfield ’91 and The Leesfield Family Foundation, and Oceana Cruises; Relay Sponsors — Adrian Legaspi MD; Billbough & Marks PA Camp Specialists; Dr. Juan, Kara and Damon Diez; the Haskett Family; Hollub Homes; Dr. Muriel Iwanowski, and Ronin Advertising;

Platform Sponsors — 3400 Coral Way Ltd., Center for Excellence in Eye Care, and The Woody Foundation.

Participants received a reusable goodie bag that included fabulous items and enjoyed food and refreshments courtesy of the Bagel Emporium, Blue Q, the Catering Shop, Charley’s Grilled Subs, Chicken Kitchen, Cool De Sac, CrepeMaker, Joanna’s Marketplace, Mountain Valley Water, Nothing Bundt Cakes, R&T Signature Grill, Ready. Set. Cupcakes!, Rob’s Really Good Beverages, Whole Foods and Yogurt by U.

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